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New NOOK Tablet update described as making “minor system enhancements” actually blocks sideloading

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New NOOK Tablet update described as making “minor system enhancements” actually blocks sideloading
Besides the fact that its price is one of its strongest selling points, the Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet has shown itself to be a very reliable Android based tablet on its own. Although its apps support is regarded as limited versus others that have full access to the Android Market, users are still able to get specific apps onto it, thanks primarily to its ability to allow the sideloading of apps.

Well, it seems that Barnes & Noble wants to take back control of what’s put into the NOOK Tablet – that’s because a new firmware update available right now seemingly shuts down app sideloading completely. Needless to say, that’s a big bummer for a lot of people, but interestingly enough, the update is described as making “minor system enhancements.”

Therefore, once you’ve installed the update, v1.4.1, you can kiss goodbye the usefulness of being to install third party apps easily. Going forward, if you attempt to sideload apps, you’ll simply be thwarted with an error message stating that apps from the Barnes & Noble NOOK Store are the only ones that can be installed. However, if you’ve managed to previously sideload apps prior to installing the new firmware update, those apps will remain on the NOOK Tablet.

Indeed, it’s going to break some hearts, but knowing that there is a healthy community surrounding the NOOK Tablet, we’re certain that there will eventually be a way around all of this.

source: Barnes & Noble via SlashGear

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posted on 20 Dec 2011, 09:38 2

1. imkyle (Posts: 1006; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


I originally bought the Fire and returned it for this. Now your telling me the extra $50 I spent for the gig of ram is going to be surpassed by the inability to side load apps? Barnes... very disappointing. I may get my Kindle back.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 09:54 3

2. Jayray78 (Posts: 13; Member since: 01 Jun 2011)


I just finished reading an article about how the KF is getting an update that breaks root. Plenty of comments were," This is why the Nook is better" Who's laughing now?

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 10:54 1

4. MalakiMills (Posts: 256; Member since: 15 Jun 2010)


I was thinking the exact same thing when I saw the title to this. Haha perfect.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 09:57 2

3. Birds (Posts: 1001; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


f**k you Barnes & Nobles! Peanut-butter E-bay time!!!!!

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 11:44

5. cncrim (Posts: 517; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Don't upgrade wait for new rooted.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 13:00 1

6. droiddomination (Posts: 203; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


by an hp and cyanogen it, or bb playbook. these kiddy tablets just dont' fly with me.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 13:01

7. droiddomination (Posts: 203; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


buy i mean. duhhhh! :)

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 13:29

8. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)


Which one is better without hacking, Kindle Fire or the new Nook Tablet?

posted on 21 Dec 2011, 13:13

9. AndroidShiz (Posts: 145; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)


BUY AN HTC FLYER PEOPLE! This is why I bought one. It's ONLY 299 at BestBuy every day. I can't believe it doesn't get more attention. I have access to Amazon, Barnes, and of course the regular app Market and all the other goodies of Google. Because it has a GB of ram, the screen has awesome resolution that looks better and clearer than both of those. It has a rear and front facing camera, Bluetooth, GPS, etc. I installed Swype, (which flat rocks on a tablet btw). And even though it only has a 1.5Ghz processor, it runs at dual core speeds. It's much smoother, faster at everything than the other two with their dual cores. Not to mention It'll always have side-loading available as well.The Sense user interface is so much better than that of the Nook and Fire. It has a polished aluminum and white back housing, so the overall premium build quality is also much nicer. It has 16GB of built in memory, with the option to add an additional 32GB SD card. (48GB of memory- What!?) It does EVERYTHING+ that my ex-iPad did, but in a more convenient 7" size. It's a complete no brainer. But with all the advertisement going on for both nook and the K-Fire, only a few are seeing, or even hearing about the Flyer being the obvious, and clearly better choice over those two by leaps and bounds. HTC is really dropping the ball on advertising the Flyer, especially right now as people are really starting to like the 7" tablets. They need to seize the day on this one.

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